You know what I love about Toronto? There is no shortage of fitness clubs that offer a variety of yoga classes to suit your practice. As Toronto's premier health club, The Yorkville Club in Hazelton Lanes offers several types of yoga sessions and much more. With spa-like change rooms, private showers, a steam room, a dry sauna and towel service, who could ask for anything more? Complimentary parking? You've got it! State-of-the-art equipment? You bet! Professional child-sitting services? Oh, yeah!
|The Yorkville Club Yoga Studio|
A few weeks ago, I was extended an opportunity to try out one of the vast selection of fitness classes at TYC. I could choose from Yoga, Hot Yoga, Fitness, Boxing, Cycling, Pilates, and Zumba. My first thought was to try a Zumba class since I love to dance but, having abandoned yoga a couple of years ago, I felt I should give Vinyasa Yoga a try.
|The Yorkville Club Hot Yoga Studio|
Without much ado, I needed to invite some friends for our own private session and instantly thought of bringing along my sisters-in-law, Rose (@roseprose) who recently became a yoga instructor and Lucia (@lulula), herself an avid yoga practitioner. They brought along some friends including the ultra-fit
way @TooHunky Jason. (Hint: He's the only male in the photo below.)
With the lovely Shannon (@shannonstasyk) guiding us through endless flows of poses and sequences, our Vinyasa yoga session was well-paced and challenging. The room was filled with a synchronic energy as participants linked their ujjayi breath to their movements, all the while our observant instructor making adjustments to our poses. And by our poses, I mean my poses. Which was much appreciated since I haven't attended a formal yoga class in years.
|The Yorkville Club Yoga Instructor Shannon Stasyk|
At the end of the session, I could feel the muscles in my arms, legs, back and abdomen screaming at me, threatening to make me suffer for having neglected them for so long. And suffer I did. For two days, I could feel the burn and winced each time I lifted an arm to turn on the lights. But it was a good feeling, in a twisted kind of way. I felt like I had awakened my body from a deep slumber and rekindled memories of my pre-pregnancy-belly days. Being smothered by your drooping tummy whilst in a shoulder stand can have that effect, if you know what I mean.